Lunch Money

One morning, as I drove around doing errands, God flashed an image of a young man who worked at a grocery store by my old apartment. God whispered, “Stan is a nice young man. He has a genuinely good heart.” When I arrived home, I realized I had forgotten to pick up drain cleaner. I got back into my car to buy some from a local hardware store about a mile from my new home. God said,” No. Go to the grocery store in your old neighborhood. Give that young man $10, tell him to buy lunch, and then tell him how I see him. How I see his heart.” Did I hear that right? I don’t know why I even questioned it. The truth was, I wasn’t too thrilled. The store was 20 minutes away, and I had been driving all morning! My hair was also dirty, and I had no makeup on, and I knew the store would be super busy right before Christmas.

I drove to my old hood and when I walked in; I didn’t see Stan cashiering. Oh well. I guess I missed it. Must have been my own thoughts and that cash burning in my pocket talking to me! I turned down the aisle to get the cleaner, and there he was. Standing right in front of the cleaner, unpacking stock with another employee. I don’t know why I was amazed that he was right where I needed to be and that the aisle was totally empty, even though the store was packed. God always knows how to set it up, so you just walk right into it.

“I don’t want you to think I am weird, but God told me this morning to give you $10. Buy yourself some lunch today.” His face lit up, and he suddenly looked upward. I could tell a lightbulb went off. It was about noon, and maybe it was time for his break. Or maybe he didn’t have any money. Didn’t matter, that was just an icebreaker because, of course, God didn’t stop there.

God told him how He saw him. Stan was a nice person with a big, genuine heart. That when he had children, he would be a good father. That he would be patient and encouraging and that his love for his children would help them become people effective in this world. He would be too, and his children would pass this on. Whoa! Sometimes God is a chatty daddy!

Stan’s face was lit up the entire time God spoke to him. His coworker stood silently nearby just taking it all it in. No one interrupted us, and the aisle remained empty.

“Thank you so much! I really really appreciate it. This means a lot to me. God bless you.”

“Yes, I know it does. God just wanted you to know that He loves you, sees you, and thinks you are amazing.”

What a super blessing it is to be used by God. That encounter made my day! I am continually humbled by how much He loves people if we let him through us. I am sure this young man will have an interesting story to tell his family tonight about a God who paid for his lunch and saw the best in him. With no strings! Without any come-to Jesus meetings!

I guess I need to stop being surprised by these encounters. That is just how my Daddy God rolls……

Hear Something…

Sometimes we get a word for someone we are going to for help. Help for a fee. Doctor, Lawyer, Dentist, Therapist, Tax guy….you get it. Not that these people are above us, but it just feels awkward. This isn’t a barter club. Hey, if you do my taxes, I will tell you about your future. Seems a bit unprofessional and woo-woo.

But I get it all the time. Maybe you do too. If it truly is from God, it will come out easily, and you will see or feel a lightbulb go off when they receive it.

Today, I had an appointment, and the tech was bustling around the room as God was downloading to me. “Tell her” “God, she looks like she is in a hurry.” “Tell her anyway.” Why do I even argue?

“Do you know what a word of knowledge is?” “No.” “It’s a Christian term when God gives you some information about someone or something that you don’t have prior knowledge about.” If WOK is not in their vocabulary, they are usually WTH……1,2,3 it’s deer in headlights, and then they are stuck like a fly on an adhesive strip. Holy Spirit style.

“God tells me you are a good mom. You are very strict and love your kids very much. You are like a momma bear with them.” Susie laughs and relaxes. “Yes, you sure got that one right on. I am VERY strict.” Her boss, the doctor, replaces her, and before he can leave the room God prompts me again.

” I know you are a Christian. Do you know what a word of knowledge is?”

“No.” I give him the same simple explanation and tell him, ” God tells me he has surrounded you with very smart and efficient staff. They have got your back. There is no backstabbing or sabotage. They are loyal to you and will always be there for you.

His mouth dropped open, and then he smiled “Thank you so much for telling me this. That is so encouraging. Really. Thank you.”

It is so much easier when you just repeat what you hear, relay it when He tells you to and then get out of the way. You don’t need to know why He wants them to hear these words. Could be for now. Could be for later. Could be for a variety of reasons you really don’t need to be privy to.

No matter who someone is or the title they hold….they were created by God and special to Him. He has imprinted their hearts with the desire to hear His voice and be known by Him.

Hear something….say something.

Let’s give them something to talk about after you leave 🙂

Remember To Ripple

A friend “Rita” once read a story on my blog about me giving a stranger a word from God in public. “What do you think they said later?”

“To God? Themselves? Or…”

“No, to like a friend or family member. Hell, I get excited when the person in front of me at Caribou buys my coffee. I tell everyone! I mean, don’t you ever wonder?”

“Hmmm, sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall. Not to pat me on the back, because I nailed it, but wondering if it affected their belief in God’s goodness. That He really understands them. Or that He sees better plans for them than they do for themselves. Most of the time, I don’t ever run into them again.”

I recently recalled that conversation after I ran into a server, “Peg,” that I had given a word to last month. I was at lunch with a large group when I looked up to see Peg helping our server bring our meals to the table. Peg gave me a huge smile, said hello, and then squeezed my shoulder and whispered, “Thank you!.” A friend who had been with me when I gave Peg a word remarked, “Oh! She remembered you. Well, you are kind of a hard person to forget.” I laughed “She didn’t really remember me; she remembered God’s word for her.”

That made my day. I want people to remember God and how it made them feel. We all travel an unsteady and unpredictable road at times. It makes it easier when we don’t feel invisible to God. That the God of this universe cares about us as individuals.

Never doubt that your stepping out to give a word, laying hands for healing, or just being kind doesn’t make an impact. It causes a ripple effect, just like a free coffee at Caribou.

This week, make it a point to be God’s boots on the ground.

Don’t think you make a difference? We all heal this world, one person at a time.

Have a great week, Beloveds!

His Heart

I meet up with my friend Rick, a fellow redhead, frequently for coffee or lunch. Rick never minces words and I can always depend on him when I am looking for honesty or a swift kick in the back pockets.

I recently told him I have been getting a lot of WOK (word of knowledge) and prophecy for people. A few friends but mostly strangers. He reminded me that it might be because I finally accepted it as normal. Normal? Rick has told me numerous times that it is a part of me that I don’t need to scrutinize or push away and it might just be finally sinking in that I am hearing Him correctly.

I often tell Big Sky Daddy that if “this” is not from Him, to just take it away. Not only the words but the desire to share them. Then I realize I don’t ever have a conscious desire to do this. Especially not with strangers. Nor my doctors. Nor home repair techs, Pastors, or Police Officers. Y’all might not believe this, but I am not as extroverted as I might appear to be.

Years ago, I had someone tell me that I needed to read people’s mail or basically expose their hidden sins, or I wasn’t helping to redeem them. If I told them what God loves about them or how He envisions their future, I wasn’t moving them forward. I told her that God doesn’t speak to me like that about people. Besides, doesn’t Romans 2:4 talk about the goodness of God is what leads man to repentance? If God does have a word of correction the person will be convicted in their own heart. He doesn’t need me to shout it from the housewares aisle in Target.

So, of course, the negative voice in my head continues to recall this conversation and tells me I am doing it all wrong. But then my heart wins out and tells me that God loves His children so much that He wants to speak thru anyone who will share His good news. HIS GOOD NEWS, peeps.

Can you see why those who don’t know God are afraid of Christians? I recall years ago, meeting a group of people for lunch on a Sunday. A friend teasingly greeted me with “Hello Pastor, I hope lunch is on you today.” A young couple also waiting in line, heard this, suddenly looked rattled, and quickly turned around with their backs to me. I thought “Whoa! Did you all have pre-marital sex last night! Ha! Or what are you feeling guilty about? 🙂.” There was an obvious strong reaction to hearing someone called a religious title and it wasn’t joy.

Be the reason people want to know more about Big Sky Daddy. Be LOVE. Be HIM.

Birthday Blessings

I woke up depressed on my birthday and wasn’t sure why. I wanted to stay under the covers but my twin and 2 other sisters had planned to meet for lunch. “You pick the place, Jeanne” didn’t make leaving my bed any more appealing.

We met at a local restaurant and the server had to circle back several times to get our order as we were too busy talking to concentrate on the menu. “I’m depressed!” I wailed. My sister Kathy laughed ” That’s nothing new. You say that every year on your birthday.”

Big Sky Daddy then started to download a word for the server, “Gee, can I at least have my birthday off?” Ha! He continued to repeat the word so I knew it wasn’t an option. I told my sisters that I had a word for the server and they suggested I go up and give it to her in private. It was 2:30PM, the lunch rush was over and the place was empty.

I approached her” Hey, excuse me. I’m in ministry and God is giving me a word for you. He tells me you have a big sweet sensitive heart. People like to dump their problems on you and you are a really good friend.” Her eyes welled up with tears and God continued to acknowledge the struggles she had this past year and that relationships were healing along with her bank account. Her mouth dropped open as God spoke through me, and when He was done, I returned to my group.

A while later, she came to the table and handed us our bill. “Thanks, ladies!” Then turned to me and said, “And I really want to thank you too.” She smiled at me and I could tell Big Sky Daddy had brought her some encouragement and peace that day. Me? It was a great gift and I forgot why getting a year older was depressing.

We were created for supernatural living. To be a light to the world WHILE we are in the world. Once you get to heaven you’ll just be enjoying Jesus.

Praying that you and I never miss an opportunity here to be that light……

I No Longer Live, But…..

I wrote this in 2017, 3 days after a car accident while in the hospital. I remember I did more ministry from a wheelchair in the three months I was laid up than I ever expected I would or could. God’s spirit isn’t limited by our physical, mental, or emotional limitations. Never worry about His ability to move thru you when He wants to. You’ll never miss the boat when He is steering.

So a lab tech just came in to take some blood from me. The tech emitted some sad, negative energy, so God gave me word of knowledge and some prophecy for her. I wanted to nod off while they took some blood from me, But God had some other plans instead. She took my hand and bowed her head as the Holy Spirit filled her tank with the good stuff! A good reminder that God still wants to love other people through you, no matter your circumstances.

I’m continually humbled by how much He loves his children. He’s always trying to reach us.

Galatians 2:20 NIV

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for m

Never An Inconvenience

As I drove home from the dentist, I felt an urgent need to remove the salt from my car. “Nah, it’s too cold; I’ll do it tomorrow. God whispered, ” Go to the Holiday station near your old house and give the car wash attendant a $5 tip.” I thought, “Really? 5 bucks? I’m retired now.” God laughs. Ever heard God laugh in your head? It’s delightful yet directive. Hard to argue with Big Sky Daddy.

As I changed course, I heard, “Tell him he is smarter than he thinks and that I love him.” Ok. I know God will have more to say when I open my mouth. I sure hope so; I always feel weird just saying, “God loves you!” Like it’s just a cliche. Or it is a phrase some Christians drop before they force fear salvation on someone. Like God loves you! Where do you think you will go when you die? Now let’s get you going up instead of down!” 🙂

I smiled as I pulled up to the gas pump until I reached for my debit card and the contents of my purse dumped out. Dumped out as in it landed in between my seats. Yikes! My pudgy hand couldn’t squeeze in there, and I will have to dig it out later. I chose a gas, added a car wash, and hoped that the receipt with the car wash code would print out when I was done. Nope. Now I am annoyed. It is cold and busy, and I now have to go into the store for the receipt. Suddenly I am not feeling much like Jesus. It’s easier to feel holy when we aren’t inconvenienced. God whispered, “This isn’t about you.”

I finally pulled into the car wash, and a really young man in dreads waved me in. “Oh, this should be interesting. Maybe he doesn’t even believe in God.” God whispered, ” Looks are deceiving.” ” I hand him the $5 and blurt. “I don’t want you to think I’m weird or anything but God told me on the way over here to tell you that you are smarter than you think and have more resources than you are aware of. He loves you and wants you to be happy. Don’t let those around you pressure you to follow a path you don’t want to.”

He looked shocked, and then his mouth dropped open. I suddenly felt some guilt. Like he thought he had to stand there and listen to me because I handed him some money. He put his hand up to give me a high 5. “Thank you so much! Do you know how much I needed to hear this today? I really needed to hear this. God uses the minds of men as His mouthpiece. I can’t believe God would send you over here just to tell me this! This is amazing.” I smiled. “Well. you can’t out cool God.” I then told him the city where I live and that God had sent me back to my old neighborhood to this gas station. “Wow, just for me. I will definitely remember the words God spoke through you.” “Yes, just for you.” He gave me another high five, and as my car started to be dragged by the conveyor, I shouted over the noise,” And He told me to hand you $5 and to go buy something to drink.” Again, the attendant’s mouth dropped open, and I smiled as this obviously meant something too.

We make this too difficult! People tell me all the time they want to do a ride-along with me when God gives me words for people. I’m afraid you will be bored. Better to ask God to help you speak out what you hear without fear. Even if it is inconvenient.

My most immense joy is to have Big Sky Daddy adventures and share them with others. Reminds me that He is for real, loves me, and someday I am going UP too!

Start sharing those stories!

Wishing you God’s richest blessings, Beloveds.

Chatty Daddy

Over 12 years ago, I had just left the catholic church, and at every event I went to, someone would prophesy over me,” You are very prophetic; God wants to use you as a mouthpiece.” I got to the point that when someone told me they had a word for me, I would say, “No, that’s ok.” Why? I didn’t want the pressure or responsibility, and my earlier new-age experience with psychics made me question the validity. I had also known several people who used “God told me that….” to release their own un-godly opinions on others. If it wasn’t from God, I didn’t want it. Besides, I did not want to fail or be wrong. I also had some ego in the game.

I also knew people that were into healing but called “words” the pathetic prophetic. Most prophecy or WOK wasn’t from God but rather a “familiar spirit.” The last thing I wanted to do was offend the Holy Spirit or have demons speak thru me. It was just safer to leave that stuff alone. As much as I didn’t want to say what I heard from God, the words flew out of my mouth. I didn’t feel special; I felt uncomfortable, awkward, and sometimes crazy. But as I spoke about what God was showing me, I saw hearts open and lives changed. As Godfrey Birtill sings, “Just one touch from the King changes everything.”

Now I don’t care. I don’t force it, and if I get something, I do. Please stop trying to discourage yourself or others from sharing what they believe they hear from God. We all hear from Big Sky Daddy. All of us. Ever say or think something and think, “Wow, that was brilliant! Where did that come from?” It was probably from the Holy Spirit. 🙂

Jeremiah 33:3. What’s God saying to you today?

New International Version

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

New Living Translation

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.

English Standard Version

Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

God Sees You As He Created You

I recently went for an upcoming eye surgery exam. The tech doing the measurements seemed a little rattled at first. Like I was making him nervous. I don’t know if it was my red hair, my RBF that even a mask fails to hide or that my medical profile states that I suffer from anxiety. It was like he was walking on eggshells! Ha! I was actually as calm as I could possibly be fueled up on no lead coffee.

God started giving me a word and I thought “oh brother, this will definitely escalate the situation. But there were other people in the room with us and I knew I was off the hook because “Ope! Can’t give a personal word in public…” and just like that God had the the other people leave. Ha! I hear God laugh as I type this. “It’s always simple, Jeanne.” So I quickly began to give the guy a word before anyone else could walk in and of course no one does.

The young man, “Dave”, even though surprised, smiled and stopped what he was doing to listen. You could see a light bulb had gone off as he continued to nod his head to what I was saying. God loves His children and wants them to know that He has created them with gifts and talents to share with the world. He also wants them to know that He sees their goodness and loves them RIGHT where they are at. Dave thanked me and you could clearly see that God had touched his heart.

As I got up to leave I heard “Tell Dave he reminds you of Matthew Broderick”. “Oh wow. Yes, it’s been a long time, but I have heard that before.” By the way his mouth dropped open I could tell there was way much more to that story.

I thanked him for being awesome and then Dave left me to wait for the doctor. You know I have never had anyone react badly to a word or tell me they didn’t want to hear one. Except for a terrified server who told us she was a Jehovah Witness and never returned to our table with the bill.

We all want to know that God is alive and well and not just sitting around waiting for us upstairs. Please don’t hesitate to share if you feel something good bubbling up inside of you.

We all hear from God. All of us. God will open the door and make the delivery easy, natural and simple.

No Weapons

“Isaiah 54:17” No weapon formed against you will prosper. 

God’s word says that no weapon formed against you will prosper. 

He did not say that there would not be any weapons created. He said it….or they…… would not win, flourish or triumph). Read it again. 

I used to know someone who constantly said, “Give thanks to the Lord in good times and in bad. Especially in the bad times.”

I actually had a hard time with that. Why would I be thanking God when things were going wrong? Wouldn’t that mean that God brought it on for some reason? For some higher good? Thank you Sir, may I have another?! 

I’m Big Sky Daddy’s kid! Why couldn’t things always just go right? 

We can easily forget that we have the authority to take hold of the crap storm before it starts. Often, we get a little whisper that tells us before the clouds even begin to form. Nah! I’m just being paranoid. That couldn’t possibly happen. Nope. Maybe it’s your spirit giving you a heads up about that weapon starting to be assembled. You can learn to be calm in the eye of the storm, but don’t you have better things to do? Like, spend those Kohl’s dollars? 

Years ago, I recalled getting this feeling that I was secretly being listened to at work. At first, it felt like paranoia, but I knew it was true in my heart. One of my managers started repeating to me, verbatim, things my coworkers or I had said in conversations in my office. How did he know what was said? Or what I did last weekend? Then I started to have dreams about hidden mics and searched everything in my office numerous times and found nothing. Then one day, as I was walking by an empty office next to mine, the Holy Spirit said “it’s in there, behind the picture that hangs on the wall that is directly behind you.” I walked in and lifted the frame, and there was a wireless lavaliere mic attached to the wire that it hung on. I was shocked, to say the least. Someone walked past and asked me what I was doing, and I returned to my office. 15 minutes later, after most had gone to lunch, I went back into the empty office, and the mic had been removed. Hmmm. How many people were in on it?

Pay attention to what you are feeling in your heart. Maybe it’s true. Perhaps you aren’t crazy or had too much coffee. Maybe you can stop or get ahead of the storm before it builds up pressure. Or play those clouds to your advantage. But no worries if you totally miss it. God can still bring out the sun and create rainbows regardless of whether you get caught in the downpour.

Isaiah 54:17 Amplified 

“No weapon that is formed against you will succeed;

And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn.

This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,

And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord.